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Numbers Never Lie…

We asked the question about invoking Article IV, section 4 of the Constitution in the discussion of building the border wall. Here are some responses…

“Yes, of course the Constitutional Article is applicableWe are at war, making the need for a wall even more apparent, even though it has been a crisis for decades. Build the wall.”

Another reader takes a page from the history books…

“Focus on security without the ‘Berlin Wall’ at our southern border.”

And this reader’s emphatic:

“HELL, YES…The Article references ‘invasion’ — what else do you call the flow of illegals into the U.S.? The Article references ‘domestic violence’ — how many U.S. citizens have been assaulted by illegals?”

Finally, a reader questions prevailing assumptions…and what’s un-American:

“The rhetoric of ‘immigrant bashing’ is not only un-American but also dangerous.

“First, the assumption illegal aliens are crossing our borders in massive numbers is false. The majority of undocumented immigrants are those [who’ve] overstayed their visas…a wall will not fix that. In fact, a wall will basically be a waste of taxpayer money as numerous studies, both current and historic, have proven it would not curb the flow of immigrants requesting asylum.

“You want to stop immigrants from seeking a safer life for themselves and their families? Try not supporting the regimes that cause [them to flee]. Stop the wars, the supply of weapons, the drug money.

“The wall is a farce. Nothing more than a shell game.

“Please unsubscribe me to this nonsense…unless, of course, you are interested in seeking valid solutions.”

We’re definitely interested in an open discussion; as for solutions? Readers offer up some nuggets…if only lawmakers were listening. To anyone.

We’ve wondered, too, if the number of illegal immigrants has been fudged by the media — both right and left-leaning. We take a look below…

Your Rundown for Thursday, January 24, 2019:

Numbers Never Lie…

The contributors above are approaching the issue of illegal immigration from different angles. Some believe the U.S. is being overrun; still others, like our last contributor, believe most Americans hold false assumptions.

Oddly enough — or not — the mainstream media hasn’t done a good job presenting the facts about immigrants trying to enter the U.S. illegally. Let’s face it, there’s fear-mongering from the right and downplaying from the left.

Here’s the thing: Numbers never lie, right?

Only the people who use them….

So as best we can, we’re going to try to get a sense of the unvarnished numbers of people trying to enter the country illegally — specifically at our southern border.

The following chart is from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website. It compares 5 full fiscal years plus the start of the 2019 fiscal year (starting in October) of the number of people apprehended at the border…

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For the months of October and November, the number of apprehensions is lagging behind the highs of FY17. But will December’s number exceed that same year?

Of course, the number of those apprehended at the border differs from the number of illegal immigrants who actually make it through.

The most recent numbers for “unauthorized” immigrants living in the U.S. comes from the Migration Policy Institute as of Nov. 2018.

They estimate there are 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants currently in the U.S.; of that number, 67% are from Mexico and Central America — most likely to have entered through southern borders.

Numbers never lie.

Market Rundown for Thurs. January 24, 2019

S&P 500 futures are down 2.44 points to 2,636.26.

Oil’s added about a dime to its price; it sits at $52.71 per barrel.

Gold is down $1.80 to $1,282.20 per ounce.

Bitcoin’s up $13.55 to $3,585.60.

Have a good day. We’ll talk tomorrow.

For the Rundown,

Aaron Gentzler

Aaron Gentzler

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Aaron Gentzler is the publisher of Seven Figure Publishing. He is also the editor of The Rundown. Aaron’s been with Agora Financial/Seven Figure Publishing for 13 years. He's been covering technology and markets for over a decade.

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